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May 28, 2016

SUMMARY: On the evening of May 26, 2016, the Cincinnati Enquirer published At 96, Dr. Heimlich finally uses
his life-saving technique by staff reporter Kevin Grasha. The headline and the body of the story included a
significant factual error, so the next afternoon I submitted a corrections request to the paper.
That evening, a considerably re-written version of the article was posted at the same link with a new headline and
information that I’d provided in my corrections request. Here’s a copy of the original article:
http://tinyurl.com/gmqoymk (For clarity, I’ve substituted that link in my corrections request below.)
Here’s the current version of the article, retitled At 96, Heimlich performs his own maneuver and co-bylined by
Mr. Grasha and reporter Bowdeya Tweh: http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2016/05/26/henry-heimlichfinally-uses-famed-maneuver/85003350/
Here's how the re-written article characterized my corrections request:
Cincinnati.com initially published a story late Thursday about the incident, quoting Heimlich as saying
this was the first time he'd ever performed his own maneuver on someone. But then one of his sons,
Peter Heimlich, reached out to media organizations pointing out the existence of articles roughly 15 years
ago.
The original version of the Enquirer story was picked-up by Cincinnati Associated Press reporter Lisa Cornwell
and was widely circulated via AP outlets and other media outlets, so I looped-in Ms. Cornwell and Evan Berland,
AP’s Global News Manager. After the Enquirer re-wrote the article, I followed-up with them. Mr. Berland
informed me that the original article had been updated and sent me copies of both versions. (I’ll update this file
with that information in the next week.)
Re: Yes, There Really is a Dr. Heimlich And He's Pushing More Uses for his Famous Maneuver by Jim Ritter,
Chicago Sun-Times, October 7, 2001, which I referenced in my corrections request, click here for a copy.
Peter M. Heimlich
Atlanta
ph: (208)474-7283
website: http://medfraud.info
blog: http://the-sidebar.com
e-mail: peter.heimlich@gmail.com

Subject: corrections request and two quick questions
From: "Peter M. Heimlich" <peter.heimlich@gmail.com>
Date: 5/27/2016 3:25 PM
To: Kevin Grasha <kgrasha@CINCINNA.GANNETT.COM>
CC: Michael Kilian <mkilian@enquirer.com>, Lisa Cornwell <lcornwell@ap.org>, Evan Berland
<eberland@ap.org>
Kevin,
I'm following up on our correspondence from this morning re: [your article about the choking incident]
http://tinyurl.com/gmqoymk
I just got home from running errands and found an e-mail from a blogger friend advising that your story hit the
AP, so in addition to Michael Kilian, I'm copy Lisa Cornwell and Evan Berland with whom I've corresponded in
the past. At the moment your story's also on the front page of Google News.
It looks like you've been punk'd, but it's unclear how badly. As you may know, for decades my father has
provided all sorts of false information to reporters at the Enquirer and plenty of other media outlets. Former
Enquirer Robert Anglen busted him on one such fabrication in this March 16, 2003 Sunday front-pager:
http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2003/03/16/loc_heimlich16.html I can provide you with numerous other
examples on request.

In any event, I'm requesting a prompt published correction re: the headline, At 96, Dr. Heimlich finally uses his
life-saving technique, and the information that this was the first time my father ever revived a choking victim
using "the Heimlich." Presumably the AP will follow suit.
Via Private Clubs Newsletter, June/August 2001 by reporter Louis Marroquin (via The Wayback Machine):
http://tinyurl.com/hdzwajm
TO THE RESCUE
The story sounds like it could be an urban legend, but it actually happened in the dining room of the
Bankers Club in Cincinnati. During a busy lunchtime, a guest of the club began choking as he sat
eating at a table. A member sitting at another table promptly rushed to the aid of the victim,
wrapped his arms around the man’s waist, and pressed his fist upward into his abdomen, expelling
the trapped object from the clogged airway. The quick-thinking member was none other than Dr.
Henry Heimlich, who surprisingly had never before performed his namesake Heimlich maneuver in
an emergency situation. But the good doctor says performing the maneuver in this scenario was “as
easy as that. I’ve practiced enough, I guess, in my life"...At 81 years old, Dr. Heimlich stays active
playing tennis, works daily at the Heimlich Institute, and speaks at medical meetings to promote
ongoing research being done at the Institute. And if the lunchtime menu includes saving a life, he
will always make room for that too. — Louis Marroquin
Via Heimlich: Still saving lives at 83 by Jane Elliott, BBC News, March 9, 2003:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/2825971.stm
But despite being the inventor of one of the most significant medical techniques, Dr Heimlich told
BBC News Online that he has only been called upon once to carry it out himself - and that was just
three years ago.
"I was in this club restaurant eating when I heard someone calling Dr Heimlich. I turned around
and saw a man choking so I did the Heimlich Manoeuvre and got it out and then went on and had
my lunch."
(Incidentally, about an hour ago I received an e-mail from a fellow who found the BBC story and asked me about
the discrepancy.)
Via Yes, There Really is a Dr. Heimlich And He's Pushing More Uses for his Famous Maneuver by Jim Ritter,
Chicago Sun-Times, October 7, 2001 (attached):
Twenty-six years after inventing the Heimlich maneuver, Dr. Henry Heimlich finally had an
opportunity to try it himself.
Heimlich was having lunch last year when he was urgently called to the side of a man choking on his
food. Heimlich wrapped his arms around the man and made a fist against his upper abdomen. He
thrust upward and out popped the food. Another life saved.
"I just did it and went back to eating," Heimlich said.
Heimlich said anyone could have done it.
Via Choke Artist by Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, May 8, 2006:
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2006/05/08/choke-artist
Dr. Heimlich himself said the other day that he has performed the move only once, in Cincinnati.
The New Yorker interview was only a decade ago and although my father's getting up there in years, knowing his
keen memory, I'd be surprised if he would have completely forgotten the incident.
Also, this morning you wrote me that my brother Phil Heimlich told you that this was the first time my father
ever revived a choking victim using "the Heimlich." As you may know, as longtime vice president of the Heimlich
Institute, my brother has a close professional as well as personal relationship with my father and has always lived
in Cincinnati. Frankly, it doesn't make sense that Phil would be unaware of my father's choking rescue at the
Banker's Club.

Coincidentally, according to this website, this Wednesday June 1 is "National Heimlich Maneuver Day":
http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/days-2/national-heimlich-maneuver-day-june-1/ Did my father, Phil, or
anyone else mention that to you?
Finally, to learn more about the Deupree House incident, I'd urge you to interview other eyewitnesses. If you do,
I'd be interested in knowing the results. Would you please let me know if you plan to follow up on that? If you
don't, I'd like to pursue the story for my blog and pitch the story to another news outlet.
In any event, thanks for your consideration and I'd welcome some indication of how soon I can expect a reply.
Cheers, Peter
Peter M. Heimlich
Atlanta
ph: (208)474-7283
website: http://medfraud.info
blog: http://the-sidebar.com
e-mail: peter.heimlich@gmail.com

Subject: Re: corrections request and two quick questions
From: "Peter M. Heimlich" <peter.heimlich@gmail.com>
Date: 5/27/2016 4:31 PM
To: Kevin Grasha <kgrasha@CINCINNA.GANNETT.COM>
CC: Michael Kilian <mkilian@enquirer.com>, <lcornwell@ap.org>, <eberland@ap.org>, Christine Hauser
Hello again Kevin,
Did you see Christine Hauser's New York Times pickup of your story? http://tinyurl.com/gt5ofbv
Of possible interest:
Is this the first time Dr. Heimlich has ever used the maneuver to save a life?
“Yes, this is,” he said Friday. “I originally did my research studies that led to my developing it, which
was in 1974, and I never considered that I would be doing it myself.”
The record is murky in that regard. The BBC article quoted the doctor — then 83 — describing a
similar encounter where he tried the maneuver on a fellow diner, although the story lacked details
such as a precise date, location and name. The doctor was giving other interviews and was not
immediately available for a follow-up question, but his son, Phil, said his father had never
mentioned the earlier incident.
I just got off the phone with Christine and am copying her on this. It would be great if either or both of you try to
obtain more facts about the Deupree House incident. Might be a lively tie-in to next week's "National Heimlich
Maneuver Day" festivities.
Cheers and thanks for your continued attention – Peter
Peter M. Heimlich
Atlanta
ph: (208)474-7283
website: http://medfraud.info
blog: http://the-sidebar.com
e-mail: peter.heimlich@gmail.com

Subject: RE: corrections request and two quick questions
From: Michael Kilian <mkilian@CINCINNA.GANNETT.COM>
Date: 5/27/2016 4:36 PM
To: Peter M. Heimlich <peter.heimlich@gmail.com>
CC: Kevin Grasha <kgrasha@CINCINNA.GANNETT.COM>

Dear Sir
We will be updating our story before long. Thank you for sharing this information with us.
Mr. Grasha is out of the office for several days. Please refrain from emailing him over the holiday weekend.
Sincerely,
Michael Kilian

Subject: Re: corrections request and two quick questions
From: "Peter M. Heimlich" <peter.heimlich@gmail.com>
Date: 5/27/2016 4:43 PM
To: Michael Kilian <mkilian@CINCINNA.GANNETT.COM>
CC: Lisa Cornwell <lcornwell@ap.org>, Evan Berland <eberland@ap.org>, Christine Hauser
Good afternoon Michael,
Thanks for your e-mail and I'd welcome a heads-up when the story's updated.
Since Kevin's out of the office, if I have any related information/questions, I'll check in with you.
Cheers, Peter
Peter M. Heimlich
Atlanta
ph: (208)474-7283
website: http://medfraud.info
blog: http://the-sidebar.com
e-mail: peter.heimlich@gmail.com